By Jessica Anstice
Cardinia Shire organisations are being urged to apply for government grants to support those hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Health promotion foundation VicHealth has announced $2.5 million in new funding that is available to organisations whose ideas can support their communities, create meaningful connections, get active and access healthy, affordable food.
Member for Bass Jordan Crugale is encouraging local organisations such as sporting clubs, community gardens, art committees, community groups and youth services to apply for a grant.
Funding amounts of $3000, $10,000 or $50,000 will be offered to eligible applicants.
“We know there are hardworking organisations in the Bass electorate that could use this funding to make a significant impact on the health of people living in our community in the next 12 months and beyond,” Ms Crugnale said.
VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, it’s vital that the government and community works quickly to protect the health and wellbeing of residents.
“Victorians spoke, and we listened. Many communities were already fighting an uphill battle before the pandemic hit and are now facing greater challenges when it comes to putting healthy food on the
table, keeping active and staying connected to others in their community,” Dr Demaio said.
“We want successful organisations to get the support they need to do what they do so well – make a difference in their communities, as soon as possible. We’ve made it easier to apply, with quicker turnarounds to notification.
“Our grants will support new or existing ideas and help amplify projects already in place, in order to reach more members of the Victorian community and help them improve their health and wellbeing on our path to recovery.”
For more information about the grants and to apply, visit: www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/funding/reimagining-health-grants